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04/29/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Irene Thomas Gooding

Irene Thomas Gooding
(04 Aug 1922 - 22 Apr 2016)

Newport News High School Class of June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  The sad news continues with us today.  
  Irene Thomas Gooding, Class of June 1939, mother of Darlene Gooding Gibson, Faith Gooding Hudson, and of the late Bobby Gooding, passed away in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the age of 93.


From Sherry Hensel Huycke (‘69) of VA - 04/28/16, 2:27 PM:

Hi Carol,

Thank you for the recent email and all the others you send!

My friend Darlene Gibson’s mother passed away last Friday in Rhode Island where she and her husband pastored for many years.

Irene Thomas Gooding was a June 1939 graduate along with my mother
    Christine Goodson Hensel who, as you know and posted, passed away last June. Irene was 93. Momma almost made it, just a few weeks shy of 93!

Here is the link to her obit. It’s the one from the funeral home and is a much more detailed one than the one on Legacy. The article doesn’t say, but last I heard, they will inter her remains in NN at the Greenlawn Cemetery on Saturday.
Thanks again.

Hope you and yours are doing well.

Sherry Hensel Huycke ‘69

   Oh, Sherry, I'm so sorry to hear this, but thank you for letting me know. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear friend.


From Hill Funeral Home (RI) - 04/26/16:

                    Irene Thomas Gooding


Irene Gooding, of North Kingstown, went to be with the Lord she loved on April 22, 2016.

She was born in Newport News, Virginia on August 4, 1922, the only child of Ned “Woody” Thomas and Nannie Lee Owen Thomas. A graduate of Newport News High School, Irene was a secretary in the Civil Service during World War II. She was married to the love of her life, the late Reverend Robert Gooding, for fifty-seven years. Together, they had three children; Darlene (John) Gibson, Faith (Gary) Hudson. Irene was predeceased by their son, Robert (Cheryl) Gooding.

Irene worked tirelessly beside her husband in the ministry at Apponaug Pentecostal Church. For almost forty years, she served as the church secretary and also as its organist. She was an outstanding hostess, and delighted in opening the doors of the family home to countless guests from all over the world.

Irene was the true matriarch of her family. She instilled her deep faith in each of her children. A very accomplished individual in her own right, she delighted in telling people that she held three college degrees, because she had typed every college paper her three children had written.
Irene truly believed that grandchildren were the blessing of a life well lived. There was no limit to her love for her precious Carrie, Greg, Jonathan, Brent, Jordan, Ethan, and Taylor. She was also blessed to be the great grandmother of six.



Irene’s children are grateful for the life of this wonderful woman. We honor her for her commitment to her family, and more importantly, to her faith. We have never minded sharing our mother with countless children in the faith. We have heard from so many of you in the days since her passing. It only adds to the gratitude we feel to have had such a wonderful mother. Our mother is with the Lord she loved, and we know that she is waiting for us to spend eternity with her. She taught us the way. She gave us the directions.

A Celebration of her life will be held Thursday at 10:00am at Cranston Christian Fellowship, 1114 Scituate Ave., Cranston. Visitation will be Wednesday 5-8pm at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Christian Fellowship, 358 Warwick Neck Ave., Warwick, RI 02889.

Published in The Providence (RI) Journal on April 26, 2016.
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April 26, 2016

I'm saddened to hear of Sister Gooding's passing... She surely was an inspiration to my whole family! Now she can be with PG and Grampa Wil and so many more!! Hugs to you all!!

~ Susan Grange, Carolina Shores, North Carolina

April 26, 2016

We mourn the passing of gracious lady. Her kindness to our family will always be remembered. Irene, we look forward to a joyous reunion in Heaven one day. Marty and Ronnie Blanchard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

~ Martin Blanchard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

April 26, 2016

A great lady has passed on to be with the Lord. A wonderful reunion with Pastor Gooding and Bobby. We will miss you, that is for sure. Thank you for all the great times you and Pastor gave to Judy and me over the years we attended Apponaug Pentecostal Church. There surely is "Shouting on the Streets of Glory as a great saint has come home". Sorry we can't make it to the wake or funeral as I am tied up with schedule of classes at my business and those can't be cancelled. My condolences to all the family. Love Tim and Judy

~ Timmie McElwain, Riverside, Rhode Island

April 26, 2016

From the day we entered the doors of Apponaug Pentecostal Church, we were treated like family. That's who the GOODINGS were. I am alumni of Apponaug boot camp. Best place for a new Christian to begin his/her new life with the Lord.

~ Carolyn Buford, Coventry, Rhode Island

April 26, 2016

Sister Gooding, a true woman of faith. Her life was an inspiration to thousands!! She is now in the place she has waited for her whole life. May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with her family until you meet again. Hugs and prayers.

~ Stephen and Debbie Maaz, Warwick, Rhode Island

April 26, 2016

We were privileged to spend 29 years in church with Irene, first as our Pastor's wife and as a true woman of character, an example of the believer. We loved her so much, and she will be surely missed. We are sad for John, Darlene, Faith, Greg, Cheri, and their families. As Pastor John says, we didn't lose her, we know where she is, but as days go on, their loss will be felt, and tears may come. We will pray. She's with her Savior, Bob, and Bobby,, and so many that have gone on before.

~ Frank and Shelley Austin, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

April 27, 2016

Sis. Gooding was always a faithful encourager. I loved when she got up to "exhort" or "give a testimony" and it turned into a whole sermon. Her testimony of serving God since her childhood was a source of encouragement in my own walk. Always faithfully playing the organ for services that were occasionally almost entirely worship, I now realize she no doubt wanted to be worshipping freely as well, but I don't remember her ever taking a break. She and Pastor Gooding were such a good team; she was strength equal to his for the work of God they established. They taught us how to dig into the word, trust God, move in the Spirit, be sensitive to His leading, and the importance of not accepting the world's way of thinking and acting. I am deeply grateful for Sis. Gooding's life and example.

~ Suzanne and David Pfisterer, Mystic, Connecticut

April 27, 2016

A Strong and Faithful Woman .... that loved Teddy Bears.

~ Joan Turbie, Costa Rica

April 28, 2016

To the Gooding family, I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lasting inspiration and a true prayer warrior who never ceased praying when she said she would. May you rejoice in the knowledge she is with her beloved.

~ Ann Thomas, Providence, Rhode Island

May 01, 2016


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May 01, 2016



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Gooding's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Words by Ray Palmer, 1830

Music by
Lowell Mason (08 Jan 1792 - 11 Aug 1872), 1832

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee,
Pure warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

While life's dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow's tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

When ends life's transient dream,
When death's cold sullen stream
Over me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

"My Faith Looks Up to Thee" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, 2002) and lyrics courtesy of - 08/22/10

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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